Martin Feldstein was the George F. Baker Professor of Economics at Harvard University and President Emeritus of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He served as President and CEO of the NBER from 1977-82 and 1984-2008, and continued as a Research Associate of the NBER, a private, nonprofit research organization that has specialized for nearly 100 years in producing nonpartisan economic studies.
From 1982 through 1984, Feldstein was chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers and President Reagan's chief economic adviser. He served as president of the American Economic Association in 2004. In 2006, President Bush appointed him to the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. In 2009, President Obama appointed him to the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board.
Feldstein was a member of the American Philosophical Society, a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Econometric Society and a Fellow of the National Association of Business Economists. He was a Trustee of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Trilateral Commission, the Group of 30, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Council of Academic Advisors of the American Enterprise Institute.
Feldstein received honorary doctorates from several universities and was an Honorary Fellow of Nuffield College (Oxford), and Brasenose College (Oxford). In 1977, he received the John Bates Clark Medal of the American Economic Association, a prize awarded to the economist under the age of 40 judged to have made the greatest contribution to economic science. He authored of more than 300 research articles in economics.
A director of several public corporations, Feldstein also was an economic adviser to several businesses and government organizations in the United States and abroad, and a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal and other publications.
A graduate of Harvard College and Oxford University Feldstein was born in New York City in 1939. His wife, Kathleen, is also an economist. The Feldsteins have two married daughters and four grandchildren.